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MP prepares bill to disband Senate

24 May 2013, 12:17 Wangui Joseph

Kiharu Member of Parliament Irungu Kang’ata is preparing a bill seeking to disband Senate saying it has very little to do compared to the National Assembly.

He however said if the bill goes through, it will allow the newly elected Senators to be in office till 2017 when the slot will no longer be there constitutionally.

According to him, the country is currently in a financial crisis and Kenyans are not willing to pay more money to public servants but instead prefer to direct the fund to development projects.

He said the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) used a lot of money to conduct last polls just because of the many seats that were being contested.

“Currently, Senators are not comfortable holding their sittings at the KICC and are demanding a good and decent building,” he said.

The politician defended his idea on grounds that earlier the President used to appoint and approve cabinet members and parastatal heads but that responsibility has been given to the National Assembly.

Kang’ata further observed that vetting of appointees is done by the National Assembly and not the Senate, saying that it should be disbanded instead of having an institution which has no functions.

However, he admitted that the Senate has the responsibility of checking the County governments’ performance which he argued could be deviated.

According to the former lawyer, Senate roles should be fully diverged to the County Governors to enhance devolution since they are at grassroots, close to the normal citizens compared to a Senators who operate from Nairobi.

“Since devolution should be enhanced and implemented by Governors, Senators’ roles and responsibilities should be shifted to them fully. They don’t need a watchdog other than the national government and the National Assembly,” the first-term MP argued.

Kang’ata added that a Senator cannot legislate or initiate any development project in the County.

His logic comes barely six months since former Ndaragwa MP Jeremiah Kioni aired similar viewsthat were fought by many people who accused him of opposing devolution.

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